Thursday, August 23, 2012

Living with the opposite of reality

The geniuses of the Republican National Convention have installed a huge banner across the front of the Tampa Convention Center proclaiming "We Built That". They unconsciously summarized the Obama speech that they are trying to mis-characterize. Even though the convention center sports a corporate sponsor's name, it really was built by government with union labor. The "branding" of public buildings with corporate names is really a subtle propaganda ploy to make people think that everything good is provided to them by their benevolent corporate overlords. Americans have been conditioned to believe things that come from corporations are free, and that government is expensive. This is the opposite of reality of course.

The Middle Class shrank over the past decade for the first time since the last Republican Great Depression. There are now far fewer in this demographic and they've had a significant drop in income. This doesn't even take into account the massive price increases forced onto the middle class to pay for things they used to take for granted. Healthcare, college, sales taxes, local property taxes and government fees have been piled on to the middle class make up for not taxing the rich or the corporations that they own.

These shifts also brought along expensive inefficiencies that are inherit to operating things this way. As well as a big slice that is skimmed off the top for "privatization" that is a far bigger burden than is apparent at first blush. All designed not just to make more money for the rich, but to take it away from the middle class. If you can't carry off the loot, burn it. These are concepts were put forward in the economic "modernization" papers produced by the right wing think tanks of the 1950s. They've been applied with a meat ax in third world countries under auspices of the IMF and World Bank.

The approach has been more subtle here as the middle class has been known to rebel. They're going all in this time, the choice is stark. Sitting out the election because the Democrats aren't "left" enough to satisfy self-appointed liberal gate keepers is not acceptable. It literally is now or never, but don't kid yourself that that the struggle is over because we win a single election. It's is going to take hard work to re-educate and de-program the majority of Americans, but it can be done. Reality is out there for the grasping.  


Steve said...


Do you really believe that there is a nickel's worth of difference between the two corporate candidates?
I guess they fooled even you...I tend to look at what politicians do rather that believe all the BS. I will vote for Jill Stein and hope that millions of others do as well...

prairie2 said...

you and Jill make two votes, good luck with that. When the Progressive Caucus is ready to start a new party, I'll be first in line. Meanwhile we can capture the Democratic Party with education. Wishful thinking and tantrum throwing isn't going to do it.

Dave said...

One thing to remember about re-education. There will be no for once and for all in that process. Even as we get most people thinking and dealing with reality, the Liars will be, like the serpent in the garden, ever ready to tell sweet-sounding prevarications to any fool who will listen.

The struggle won't be over until it is, if it ever is. Whining about how long it's taking won't change that fact. Pouting and refusing to participate won't help either.

Anonymous said...

The govt. can't build anything without taking money from citizens to fund the projects needed or not. The more they tax, the more they spend. Pay down the debt? Hell, just not add to it, nah. .. It will all end badly. .. Lefties have all these great ideas and they want you to pay for them.

Anonymous said...

More govt.control that is the answer. ... Signed Uncle Joe Stalin

Anonymous said...

I think it's a good idea when the government buys a new fire truck. I think the neighbor liked that fact as well when the trained professionals using it saved his house after midnight a week or so ago.
Those roads, the courts and laws, the fuzz are handy as well.
We are the government.
The problem is the santorum splats, lyin ryans, out and out crazy bas%^$d romneys (who dance, dance, dance in magic under-pants) and who take their marching orders from stones and invisible gold plates and bonners (that have found refuge in a gubberment funded paycheck and health care plan) or benefited from laws, regulations and other shenanigans of policy and law provided by the above mentioned corporate suckling-whore themselves out for campaign contributions knob gobblers.